Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Black Out

So around two weeks ago I finally tried blackout poetry inspired by the amazing Austin Kleon. My sister got one of his prints for Christmas and since I haven't written any poetry of my own for months and I can't think of anywhere near by busy enough for me to try street poetry which is what I really want to try out... The inspiration came at a good time. 
And actually it's crazy fun! It's poetry without the usual process of adding and subtracting, exchanging, moving around, and switching of order of words until it's perfect, because all the words are already there you need only subtract. Which is fantastic since I always preferred subtraction to addition in grade school math!
Not every poem is award winning material but if nothing else it's a great creative exercise with sometimes pretty amusing or even beautiful results.
So over the next few days/weeks/months I'll be posting some of my favorite/most legible blackout poems. 

Here is one that I think all coffee lovers/tired people in general can relate to.

Now go find yourself a sharpie and an old harlequin (I'll save the back story on why I own several old harlequin romance novels for another post) and you can have just as much fun as me! 

(Unless of course you're one of those people who thinks scribbling all over any written work no matter the subject matter or weight is a crime...)

(If that's you, you probably aren't going to like my blog very much.... Well thanks for stopping by anyway! No hard feelings, right?)


  1. Totally relate!

    Minted Magazine


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